PLEASE SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE PHOTOS! Magnificent Huge Antique Mid-19th Century English. Spain of Ramsgate, East Kent, England. Dated between 1859 to 1865. 125 Mounted Seaweed Specimens and.Dozens of Other Botanical Pressings. Specimens Carefully Mounted, Beautifully Displayed. & Marked w/ Scientific Names, Dates & Locations. Large, Heavy Album Completely Filled. The Finest Example I Have Yet Seen. THE GRAND DADDY OF VICTORIAN SEA MOSS ALBUMS! The Destrube family, members of the priveleged London class, relocated to northeastern Alberta near Bang's Lake, southwest of Bonnyville. Despite their wealth, abled bodies and experience, they were not prepared for the hardships of the new world or for the later devastation brought by the first and second World Wars. Maurice's story; one filled with aspiration, great challenge and shattered dreams, is intimately accounted in James E. Hendrickson's book'Pioneering in Alberta; Maurice Destrube's Story' published in 1981 175pp, illustrated. Spain and Maurice Destrube is not clear, but it may be presumed that this album made it's way overseas upon the family's departure in the early 20th century. Large collection of very skillfully mounted specimens indicates it's original author was well educated and likely of means as she was well traveled. Most specimens hand-marked with given scientific latin names and collection points, both in England and Ireland. Locations include The Lizard (peninsula), Brighton, Cornwall, Larne, Dublin Bay, Guernsey, Exmouth, Portrush, Jersey, Sidmouth, Devon, Cadgwith, Bude, Whitby, Budleigh, Bognor, Ballycastle, Eastbourne, Minehead, Salterton, Giant's Causeway, Dunluce Castle (Ireland) and Ramsgate. Some specimens labeled as very rare, or extremely rare. Album is completely filled, all 70 facing page sides complete with about 104 mounted specimens. An additional 16 specimens on black glossy archival mounts are pasted onto thick full-sized cards and loosely stored at rear of album; each card signed by name of original author A. Spain, date of 1859, scientific name and collection location in Ramsgate.
A further five specimens, also loosely stored at rear of album, are on glossy black archival mounts only. This concludes about 125 total preserved seaweed specimens. In addition to seaweed specimens, album also contains dozens of unrelated botanical pressings (stored at rear). This includes five tissue guarded folds housing carefully pinned and marked (some dated 1863) plant specimens, and two stuffed period envelopes (one of ferns).
While closed, album measures approximately 10" x 14" inches. When opened, from right to left edge spans about 21 inches.
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